Dispersal order 'cut city crime'


Geraint Jones

THE controverisal dispersal order imposed in a large part of Bangor has come to an end.

North Wales Police said that in the six months since the order was introduced, overall crime figures had dropped by 29 per cent and anti-social behaviour was down by 24 per cent compared to same year last year.

They added there was “no evidence” that crime has been displaced to other areas of the city, after concerns were raised over anti-social behaviour in Maesgeirchen.

Area Commander Superintendent Peter Newton said: “Our intent from the start has always been to ensure Bangor remains a safe place to live, work and visit and I am confident and happy to say this is the case.”

61 dispersal notices were issued, and a police spokesman said it was a “misconception” that the order that under 16s were targeted, and none were taken home by officers.

The order targeted the city centre to tackle anti-social behaviour such as groups displaying any sort of behaviour likely to result in a person being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed.

Supt Newton added: “We want to support all those people working very hard to improve and regenerate the city centre and other areas of Bangor as well as just wanting to enjoy their daily lives without being intimidated or harassed and I have no doubt dispersal orders areas can assist in that endeavour.”

“Operation Cusher continues to be an effective tool against over enthusiastic night time revellers in Bangor City centre, Operation Santa has increased our pre Christmas patrols in the shopping district and we have taken a positive stance against illegal use of the pedestrian zone. All these measures help reduce ASB.

Bangor Mayor Bryn Hughes added said the order had made the streets of Bangor safer: “If the dispersal order is the way forward for a safer city then I applaud it and would support the police if they thought an extension or another was necessary.”

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